Aliens at the Hub—laser cut plywood stool.

Laser cut plywood stoolOur laser cut plywood stool, the Alien, features at the Hub as part of the Melbourne Festival.

Our Alien stool is designed for efficient use of materials; ten Aliens come from one standard sheet of  plywood. This is achieved by the careful geometry of the ‘nested’ parts—leg sections sit side by side inverted, and the seat parts from inside the legs; all the joints are laser cut too.

This careful geometry has a pleasing resonance in the assembled form, but the important thing is there is very little waste in production. Ply is efficient in itself as it converts more of the log to usable timber than sawing for boards. Aliens are made from E0 plywood (lowest formaldehyde emissions) QLD plantation Hoop Pine (Northern Australian native).

Due to the nesting Aliens can be flat packed for transport or storage. Alien is: strong, practical, efficient, durable, and fun. It’s about bums-on-seats with less materials, less waste.

So this is the 4th incarnation of our Alien, each time we’ve fine-tuned the design but this time we are highlighting  the nesting and efficient process of laser-cutting by making a feature of the burnt edge. This sits well with the simplicity of the design, and the process that results in a great little stool.

Drop by the Hub during the festival and check them out. Also stay tuned as we upload them into our online store, or come by our Castlemaine store to have a look.


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